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2008-07-25 06:44
Techart GTstreetRS

Techart GTstreetRS

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Porsche
Model Techart 911 GTstreetRS
Engine 3.6-litre, twin-turbo flat-six
Power 515kW
Torque 860Nm
Transmission Six-speed manual
Tyres Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Plus front: 245/30, rear: 315/25
If the world’s seminal supercar, Porsche’s 911 GT2, leaves you feeling short changed, Techart could provide a 515kW remedy.

Besting the best

Located just a short drive from Porsche’s Zuffenhausen factory, Thomas Behringer’s specialist Porsche tuning concern in Leonberg extracts every last vestige of performance from Porsche’s fearsome rear-wheel drive turbo car.

In stock form the 911 GT2 is already a forbidding proposition with 390kW and 680Nm finding their way to the road via the rear wheels only. Circumspect throttle applications are the concept to drive and life and die by.

For Behringer the stock GT2 is hardly enough, only sufficient as a foil for potential development. The design and engineering staff at Techart set about refining aerodynamics and harnessing even more power from the legendary water-cooled 3.6-litre flat-six.

Styling refinements pragmatic, not pretty

Considering the Tehcart 911 GTstreet RS (ridiculous name we know) has huge velocity potential Behringer’s crew have added all the requisite bodywork trimming to ensure optimal down force.

Viewed front on the special air duct enabling cool air to pass directly behind the radiator and over the newly created air outlet - thereby reducing the buoyant force on the front axle - is probably the most controversial styling feature, breaking up the flush purity of the 911 nose shape.

For the rest you get an aero-bonnet, headlight shades, mirror shades, GT sill panels and a neat carbon roof spoiler. The GT rear spoiler is particularly striking with its carbon winglets and gurney flaps and with the kind of power and speeds the GTstreetRS is capable of you know it’s not merely decorative.

A GT RS rear apron with carbon diffuser, air outlet and carbon air wings complete the styling treatment with rather striking Formula III Techart 20 inch wheels filling the arches to capacity.

Distortive power

The need to employ more power in a car as rapid as the GT2 is questionable by any standards, but Techart is part of the German aftermarket tuning industry where styling is never radical enough, wheels large enough and stupefying power output a right of passage.

Achieving a manic 515kW power output and sidewall straining 860Nm of torque required a deft engineering touch by the Techart team.

Firstly all the engine electronics and controls were replaced by recalibrated Techart engineered units. Next the turbocharger units and intercooler were replaced with upgraded items whilst a performance cylinder head and special exhaust system ensured the entire rebuild breathed properly via the new sports air filter.

The net results is a fierce looking 911 with rapier like performance although Techart is mum on exact power figures it does admit the GTstreetRS laps the Hockenheim short circuit in 1.06:811 minutes.

For those concerned about interior design and comfort you can order additional accessories such as aluminium pedals, a 3-spoke sports steering wheel and illuminated door sill protectors with an individualised logo to satisfy your latent narcissism – entirely justifiable if you can lay your hands on a GTstreetRS.


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